If you want to experience something that shouts authenticity in the Arctic, try out living in polar darkness.
Most people cannot imagine an existence where snow dominates the calendar for the better half of a year. They cringe at the thought of long dark winter nights. For the locals who live in places like Greenland, however, the concept of polar nights is as regular as clockwork. Plus, there’s something cosy about it. And you’ll be surprised at how quickly the light comes back.
HERE’S A FEW THINGS LOCALS SAY AND DO DURING WINTERTIME:
They enjoy light from other sources. People expect polar nights to be complete darkness, but the locals often say that it’s brighter than you expect. The soft light coaxes out alluring shades of pastel pinks and blues in the dusky sky. When the sun has set (or if it never rose), the snow reflects the moonlight in the winter time, and the northern lights in the dark skies produce another form of brightness to the evening.
The light diminishes quickly heading towards the darkest evening of the year on the 21st of December. After this Winter Solstice, however, the light returns rapidly to Greenland, and becomes slightly brighter every day until the days of the midnight sun.